What is the Feldenkrais Method?

What is the Feldenkrais Method?

The Feldenkrais method is a form of movement re-education developed by nuclear physicist and engineer Moshe Feldenkrais after suffering a sports-related injury. Rather than undergo surgery, he explored alternatives and created his own form of rehab integrating physiology, anatomy, martial arts, psychology, and neurology.

A key principle of Feldenkrais is that the way that a person speaks, moves, and thinks is based on the self-image that person has developed over the years.

In order to change the way we move and carry ourselves, we have to change how we see ourselves.

Feldenkrais recognized the importance of proper breathing to movement. He also believed that postures and movements reflected the state of the mind and body. For example, a depressed person may have hunched shoulders.

Conditions 

  • Muscle pain
  • Back pain
  • Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy and fibromyalgia
  • Repetitive strain
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Performance enhancement for dancers, actors, athletes
  • Sports injuries

What a Typical Feldenkrais Session is Like


With the Feldenkrais Method, there are two approaches:

Awareness Through Movement group classes:  Led by a teacher, these classes increase mobility and help replace old patterns of movement with new, improving breathing and blood circulation. Classes are popular with actors, musicians, and dancers.

Functional Integration individual sessions:  One-to-one sessions, using touch and tissue manipulation, where the practitioner actively directs the client's body through various movements tailored to individual needs.

Trying the Feldenkrais Method

If you're considering trying the Feldenkrais method, make sure to consult your primary care provider first.  Keep in mind that self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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